Obituaries for the week of Aug. 22, 2019

Published on: August 21, 2019

William Rhys James

Located in the heart of the Pittsburgh – Youngstown Valley of Steel, William Rhys James was born in New Castle, Pa. on December 11, 1928, to Clifford and Myrtle James. Rambunctious son and protective older sibling to his sister Betty and brother David, he survived his calamitous youth and then through bracing self-discipline and sheer force of will forged a successful life and career. When tragedy struck early by way of his father’s untimely death, he left school at age 16 to become the family’s primary breadwinner. Thrust prematurely into responsible adulthood he quickly rose from laborer on the B&O Railroad, through the ranks of skilled electrician and then ascendant levels of management — retiring as Vice President with CSX Corporation. He was the Superintendent of Cumberland’s Locomotive Shops, which employed close to 1,000 workers during his tenure.
Along the way he sustained and nourished as much as he was sustained and nourished by the loving family he built with Ruth Sanfilippo, his childhood sweetheart, life-long companion and beloved wife who preceded him in death by 14 years. Her kind, gentle and loving nature, which was the perfect counterbalance to his exuberant vitality bolstered him and their three lucky surviving sons: Cliff, Dan and Bill who remain eternally grateful for the love and guidance they received and for the inspiring example set before them.
Ever mindful of the many emissaries from God who mentored and supported him during difficult times, his love for the working men and women who kept America’s big wheels turning never faltered. If they were willing to work and try hard, he was there to offer a first shot or a second chance to the last, lost and least among us. No one was to be left behind.
In addition to his son Cliff and wife Donna who reside in California, son Dan and wife Hollie who reside in Cumberland, and son Bill and wife Sandy who reside in Florida; he is survived by his brother-in-law Chuck Scaglione; nephews and nieces; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many loyal friends including Leonard Czarniecki and Vickie Noggle.
“We shall not look upon his kind again.”


Vivian A. King

Vivian A. (Piper) King, 92, of Kennebunk, formerly of Sun City Center, Fa., went to join her husband, Bernard King, on August 9, 2019, after a short illness. Vivian was born on May 17, 1927, in Harmony, Maine, the oldest of 13 children, and graduated from Winthrop High School, Class of 1946.
On February 24, 1951, she married Bernard A. King.
For several years, Vivian worked as an Executive Secretary for Raytheon Corporation.
In retirement, Vivian and Bernard moved to Sun City Center, Fla., where they lived for over 30 years.
Vivian was an active woman all her life; a feisty, spunky person, she and Bernard enjoyed traveling and visited all 50 states and many international locations. She was a lifelong learner and teacher, sharing her expertise in sewing and weaving. In earlier years, she was a Girl Scout Leader. A good book, a glass of wine, square dancing, and listening to Lawrence Welk brought her great joy.
Vivian is pre-deceased by her husband Bernard; brothers Ormond and Grandville Piper; sisters Verna Coombs, Clenda Folsom, and Carolyn Mashburn.
Survivors include her daughter, Valerie (Michael) Breen of Wells, Maine; her son, Kenneth (Ayako) King of Tokyo, Japan; four sisters, Harriet Piper, Eleanor Brown, Anna Piper, and June Piper; three brothers, Maynard, Louis, and Richard Piper; grandchildren Tarah Keeley, Christopher Breen, Amy Kluver, Katie Green, Patrick Breen, and Ryo and Kai King; great grandchildren Gabriel and Noah Keeley, Tessa Kluver, and Liam Green.
The family will gather in private to celebrate her life on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in Maine. A Committal Service will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019, at 10 a.m. in Florida National V.A. Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell, FL 33513, where she will be laid to rest alongside Bernard. Donations can be made in Vivian’s honor to Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine, PO Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211-1807.
To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, visit Vivian’s Book of Memories Page at
Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.


Maurice Roukous

On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Maurice Roukous passed away at the age of 88, in Sun City Center, Florida.
Maurice was born on March 31, 1931, to Zoud and Thomas Roukous in Meadville, Pennsylvania where he spent his early years. He was married to Norma Boyd Roukous for 65 years.
Maurice was preceded in death by his father, Thomas, his mother, Zoud, his sister, Maxine, and his brother-in-law, James Boyd. He is survived by his loving wife, Norma, seven children, twelve grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Maurice received his business degree from St. Bonaventure and was an involved member of the Delta Sigma Pi organization. He began his career in Meadville, Pennsylvania, at Talon Zipper and went on to become the Executive Director of Federal Tax Audit at Textron, in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent 20 successful years.
Maurice’s nobility and leadership abilities were rewarded with multiple US Military medals, including the distinguished Meritorious Service Medal. He served 32 years of Military Service in the Army and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Field Artillery USAR.
Maurice was an avid golfer, and a member of the Caloosa Golf Club in Sun City Center, Florida. He also had a deep interest in and knowledge of business and finance and shared his wisdom with his loved ones. He was known for his deep, quiet wisdom, his very generous nature, his big smile, and his love for his wife and family.
A celebration of life will be held Thursday, August 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Dr., 813-634-9900.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Maurice be made to Wounded Warrior at PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas, 66675.


Pheme N. Torres

Pheme N. Torres, age 95, died Sunday, August 11, 2019 at home in Wimauma. She was born in 1924 in Grove City, Pennsylvania, to Ewing and Bess Forsyth. For service details see


Susan G. Turpin

A long term resident of Sun City Center, Susan G. Turpin, passed on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at Palm Garden Nursing Home. She was born at Columbia Hospital in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 1945.
Susie lived and joyfully traveled with her parents for most of her life. Cruising was her greatest pleasure; she had 30-plus cruises under her belt! Susie loved good food, loved to play bingo and other games, and the organ. She was an avid pet lover and had a smile that would light up a room.
She is survived by two brothers, Allan F. Turpin Jr. and William B. Turpin; three sisters-in-law, Delilah Turpin, Gisela Bennie-Turpin and Kit Turpin; 12 nieces and nephews, Katrin Andrews (Tom), Brad Turpin (Kathleen), Khris Turpin, Allan Turpin III, Jackie Turpin, Lauren Turpin, Matthew Turpin, Daniel Turpin (Dawn Marie), and Kaci Turpin; and four great-nieces and nephews, Joshua Turpin, Isaac Turpin, Samantha Andrews, and Adam Andrews.
She will be missed tremendously but remembered and loved forever! Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.